Clement Hoffman Stevens

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Clement Hoffman Stevens, the son of an officer in the United States Navy, was born in Norwich, Connecticut, August 14, 1821. The family shortly moved to Florida and then to Pendleton, South Carolina, the state of his mother's birth. Stevens served for several years at sea as secretary to his kinsmen, Commodores William Shubrick and William Bee. He entered the Planters and Mechanics Bank in Charleston in 1842, and was cashier of the institution at the outbreak of the Civil War. Something of an inventor, Stevens planned and later constructed what was perhaps the first armored fortification, a battery on Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, which was faced with railroad iron. He was severely wounded at First Manassas while serving as aide to his brother-in-law, General Barnard E. Bee, who was killed. Soon he was elected colonel of the 24th South Carolina, which he commanded at the battle of Secessionville. Attached to Gist's brigade in the Vicksburg campaign, he was subsequently transferred to the Army of Tennessee and was again badly wounded at Chickamauga. He was eulogized by General Gist as "the iron-nerved," and termed by his men "Rock" Stevens. He was promoted brigadier general to rank from January 20, 1864, and assigned to the command of a brigade in W. H. T. Walker's division. This he led with great gallantry and distinction during the Atlanta campaign, until he was fatally wounded at the battle of Peach Tree Creek, July 20, 1864. He died in Atlanta on July 25, and was buried in Pendleton, South Carolina.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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